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Journey into Woodturning #72: Ambrosia Platter

08-31-2021 02:27 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

This project was mostly about grabbing a piece of wood off the shelf and thinking, what could I turn out of this? As this was an ambrosia maple 9 inches wide round and 2 inches deep, platter would be perfect for this piece. I discovered a little late, what looked like a nice section of ambrosia. However, it was on the bottom of the design and would be cut away. I had no idea the beaty yet to show itself. After turning the bottom and finishing with O.B. Shine Juice, I saw this beautiful ...

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Journey into Woodturning #71: Ironwood Bowl

08-24-2021 02:15 PM by MovingChips | 2 comments »

This project started off as strictly having the opportunity to work with Ironwood. After seeing the orange color of the wood and the dark inner wood, I got excited to see what it would turn out to look like. Plus, for the size of wood, it was very heavy. So far, the heavier the wood has been the more luster it has produced. It did not take long for the luster to expose itself. As I was turning it the wood seemed to shine on its own without any finish. The transition between the orange and ...

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Journey into Woodturning #70: 50,000 Year Old Wood

08-10-2021 02:07 PM by MovingChips | 12 comments »

This project was a surprise. I purchased this wood because it had an exotic name. I had no idea that it could be as old as 50,000 years old. After reading the sticker on the wood when I got home, I felt like I was holding something ancient and maybe it should be left alone in its current state. Then I realized it was sold as a bowl blank, so let’s go. I don’t normally do any research on the wood I’m turning until after I turned it. This time I felt compelled to find out more. Scientist (or...

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Journey into Woodturning #69: Failure to Success

08-03-2021 03:56 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

This candy dish project was a failed success! LOL The wood I used to start this project was Black Palm. I don’t know if you ever had a chance to work with it, but it’s not easy. Obviously above my skill set. So I switched to another wood, again realized this new wood might be a problem I switched again. I ended up selecting Black Walnut. I think I was a little off center with the worm screw and took a little more off the side then was originally planned. I say this because when I measur...

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Journey into Woodturning #68: Peace Pot

07-27-2021 02:11 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

This project was a gift request. I also like making these small bowls. The cherry wood is wonderful to work with and the shine you can achieve is great too. The pewter lid is one of the assortments that I got from Penn State Industries. They sell an assortment of 8 lids for under $30, so pretty inexpensive. This specific one looks like a peace dove. Potpourri pots make great gifts and do not have to be used just for smelly stuff. The bowl/lids make a great miniature jewelry box, spare coin...

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Journey into Woodturning #67: Shaving Kit Stand & Bowl

07-20-2021 02:17 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

This project was really three projects in one. Brush handle, stand stem and bowl. The brush was made from Sipo. I used this wood when I first started turning and its beautiful. The chatoyance of the golden highlights with the dark brown background make it one of my favorite woods to work. I got a little carried away with the epoxy, securing the brush to the handle. The Amboyna Burl is another new wood for me. It is absolutely stunning with its swirling grain and colors. The oranges, tans, ...

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Journey into Woodturning #66: Dalmata

07-13-2021 02:06 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

This project turned into a humble reminder that I am still new to turning. I seem to do well with the smaller projects, bigger works need more practice. I am ashamed to see such a beautiful piece of wood go to waste on my lathe. Dalmata I found out is a rather hard wood and the size of it makes it worth a lot of coin. I really need to invest in one of those coring systems. Regardless, I believe the spalting was a sign that it was on the way of softening up. I got much more tear out then I ...

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Journey into Woodturning #65: Gray Box Potpourri

07-06-2021 04:10 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

This project turned into a wonderful surprise. I never heard of Gray Box before and this piece was not listed as a burl, so yay… big surprise. Beyond the burl, the wood cut beautifully, and the exposed grain was fantastic. I started this project thinking I would embellish this bowl with coves, grooves and beads. After seeing the burl, I knew I had to change tactics and leave the natural look alone. I stopped cutting the pedestal and tried to make smooth lines or flat surfaces to showcase t...

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Journey into Woodturning #64: Candle Holder

06-29-2021 02:05 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

This project really started with the wood. I saw the beautiful figure in the wood of the 4×4 and thought it would make a nice candle holder. So I set out to make it so. I needed to find out about the size of candles I could use and the size of hurricane glass. I was lucky to find 3inch glass and 2 inch candles. I believed this combo would be good. Since the 4×4 would be cut down beyond 4 inches and I would want a lip or groove for a lip to rest the glass into. Now that I had t...

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Journey into Woodturning #63: Display plate/dome

06-22-2021 02:06 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

I picked up the 9-inch cake dome and managed to have just the right size wood for the project. I am pretty sure this is African Mahogany, but I could be wrong. The golden grain with amber shine, is what makes me think this is African Mahogany. That plus the fibrous strands on the rough cuts tends to point me that way too. I decided I was going with the glue block for this project. Seemed like the easiest way to get the mortise established. I coved out the bottom and made the base as wide a...

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